Brightseed posts some interesting articles on food systems. Most recently, they posted a short summary on capital investment in the food supply chain, a report from the Rockefeller Foundation. The full report is also available.
In looking over the site, I found much helpful material geared toward financing. For instance:
The Community Development Financial Institutionâ€™s â€œFinancing Healthy Food Optionsâ€ Resource Bank is now available online. This is a great resource for any CDFIs, other lenders, and investors interested in developing new or expanding existing healthy food finance initiatives.
The Resource Bank includes the â€œrequired readingâ€ for all CDFIs interested in financing healthy food enterprises in their target communities. Training curriculum chapters include:
- Food Systems Overview (Developed by Brightseed Strategies!)
- Healthy Food Retail Financing
- Financial Services for Mid-Tier Food Chain Enterprises
- NMTC & Urban Supermarkets
- Understanding the Grocery Industry
- Underwriting Supermarkets & Grocery Stores
- Mid-Tier Food Chain Enterprises Overview & Underwriting
- Capitalizing Healthy Food Retail Initiatives
- Identifying Optimal Areas for Supermarket Development
I found Brightseed through LinkedIn, through the Sustainable Foods Network. If you use this site, consider joining the group and connecting with Nessa @ Brightseed.